Suicide by gender and 10-year age groups during the COVID-19 pandemic vs previous five years in Japan: An analysis of national vital statistics

Akifumi Eguchi, Shuhei Nomura*, Stuart Gilmour, Nahoko Harada, Haruka Sakamoto, Peter Ueda, Daisuke Yoneoka, Yuta Tanoue, Takayuki Kawashima, Takehiko I. Hayashi, Yuzo Arima, Motoi Suzuki, Masahiro Hashizume

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Using daily vital statistics data from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, we provide the first weekly and age-group-specific estimates of the additional suicide burden during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan by gender, from January through November 2020. Our results indicate that compared with the previous five years, suicide cases in 2020 in Japan have increased from late July to November for women in all age groups and for men in the 20–29 and 80+ years age group. Targeted interventions based on age and gender might be more effective in reducing suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114173
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume305
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Japan
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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